Harvest has begun here in Colorado and I have made several fun trips to the farmer's markets, making friends with the various vendors. I am furiously scouring canning cookbooks from my collection and from the stack of library books I have acquired over the last week.
First up, unexpectedly, were figs. Decidedly not a farmers market, or even a purveyor of local foods, Costco had a flat of the loveliest looking fresh figs. In my quest to educate the palates of my sons (8 and 10), I snagged them without hesitation. Tasty, exotic, and good for you, I could overlook their far flung origin. The boys liked them, but not enough to consume the lot before they deteriorated!
|Fig Preserves in under 3 hours|
Then came the farmer's market with the boys, they had yummy tamales and tasted local honey, where I picked up some beets on a whim. Things One and Two do love beets, I'm not so fond of giving them to Thing Two because, let's face it, he is Pig-Pen when he eats and I have yet to find a laundry solution to beet juice. To prolong the inevitable...